Shoppers attuned to giving this holiday season gathered at Sigmas Conference and Event Center for Purchase for Purpose.  The innovative, one-of-a-kind event venue located off of Babcock Boulevard once again offered their annual shopping experience for people looking to make a local impact with their purchases.  The event on December 3rd was run by Sharon Gregory & Christine Nicklaus from Sigmas Conference & Event Center, The Happy Vegan, and Melissa Migliaro from Migliaro Consulting and featured more than thirty different vendors conveniently located in one venue for a stress-free, holiday shopping experience.  Admission to the event cost $7.00 for pre-registered guests and $10.00 at the door.  Ticket sales benefited Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary and their mission to rescue and offer a refuge for some unique animals surrendered from local shelters.

“Purchase for Purpose is a special event for me that started 3 years ago with my desire to support relevant local charities,” said Sharon Gregory, Sigmas’ Owner.  “This tradition of Purchase for Purpose continues with proceeds going this year to Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary – a charity that helps abused animals. This is important to me because after transitioning to a vegan lifestyle after a cancer diagnosis, I quickly learned the other benefits of being vegan, including the issues around animal welfare. We are honored to support this organization and enjoyed meeting some of their animals at our event on December 3rd.”

Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit animal sanctuary that rescues mistreated farm and factory animals as far as New York and New Jersey.  Founded by Dr. Karen Phillips, VDM, the seven acre haven is now home to over 130 farm and factory animals including: alpacas, llamas, hogs, turkeys, roosters, fowl, pot-bellied pigs, peacocks, and barn cats and dogs.  The animals co-exist together on the property which includes a man-made pond for ducks and geese, a poultry house and barn.  Dr. Phillips works to rehabilitate the animals which often come to Hope Haven Farm as a result of poor domesticated situations or inhumane factory conditions.

Besides her evident passion for animals, Dr. Phillips is equally committed to raising public awareness about food animals, promoting early childhood and adult education, providing tours of her farm, and presenting school programs.  One of her goals includes partnering with local food awareness programs as she continues to expand the animal adoption program.

On hand to greet guests at the Purchase for Purpose were two of Hope Haven Farm’s roosters, Merl and Earl.   This is the third year for the philanthropic shopping event which offered complimentary drinks, food and gift wrapping for items purchased at the event.  Attendees also enjoyed complimentary hand massages courtesy of KTHOM Beauty and an opportunity to win auction items.